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Reach New Heights the Minute You Set Foot Here

When you choose the United States Air Force Academy, you expand your horizons, strengthen your character and secure a rewarding career for yourself. While some college graduates struggle to find and sustain careers in an ever-changing job market, you’re guaranteed a future as an officer in the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Space Force.

A Strong Student Body

At the U.S. Air Force Academy, you’re more than a GPA to us. When we consider applicants for admission, academics do play an important part, but we’re also interested in your athletics, extracurricular activities, leadership positions and overall character. We want to know you’ve got what it takes to excel.

Academic Preparation

Academic potential is assessed by reviewing your past academic record and your test scores. Take steps to ensure you are taking a strategic approach to choosing high school courses and college admissions testing. Get more information on Academic Requirements.

SAT Tests Mid 50% Range
SAT Reading 650-730
SAT Math 660-750
ACT Tests Mid 50% Range
ACT English 27-34
ACT Reading 29-35
ACT Math 27-32
ACT Science 27-33

Physical Preparation

At the U.S. Air Force Academy, cadets are expected to hit the ground running, so fitness is a major part of the application process. Ensure you understand the admissions fitness requirements and get suggested training routines and tips to help you prepare. Get more information on Physical Requirements.

Exercise Men AVG Women AVG
Basketball Throw 69' 42'
Pull-ups 12 2
Flexed Arm Hang (women) N/A 31 sec
Shuttle Run 8.1 sec 9.4 sec
Modified Sit-ups (crunches) 81 78
Push-ups 62 41
One-mile Run 6:29 7:30

Character Preparation

The activities you choose demonstrate your character and leadership potential. Remember, quality is more important than quantity, and earning leadership positions in a few selected activities is more valuable than being a member of many. Get more information on Character Requirements.

Leadership Activities Percentage of Class
Athletic Letter Award 82%
National Honor Society 66%
Scouting 20%
Class President or VP 17%
Boys/Girls State or Nation 18%
JROTC Cadet 13%

Before You Apply

The majority of our applicants are high school and college students who attend public or private schools in the United States. Some applicants, however, have different backgrounds which may require specific application steps.

For more details, please see the advice to applicants regarding your situation:

Outreach Events

Find out more about the U.S. Air Force Academy, cadet life and the application process at one of our outreach events.

Outreach Events

Future Falcons

Prepare for admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy if you are in high school or about to start through our Future Falcon program.

Future Falcons